Chiefs have confirmed that All Blacks loose forward Luke Jacobson will be leading the side in the upcoming 2024 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
Jacobson started his career with Waikato in 2017 and made his Super Rugby debut with Chiefs a year later and has gone on to play for them in 63 matches.
The 26-year-old made his All Blacks debut in 2019 and has represented them in 18 Test matches.
Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan believes the decision to appoint Jacobson as the captain was a straightforward option.
“Luke has always been viewed as a future Chiefs Captain and is primed to make his presence felt in this key role. He will have learned plenty following the deep footprints of some recent outstanding leaders but is his own man and will no doubt cut his own path.
“Luke is also no stranger to captaincy, having led the team with aplomb on several occasions over the last few years.
“He epitomises the qualities we look for in a Chief, is highly respected by staff and peers, builds a good rapport with officials, whilst his playing ability speaks for itself. I can’t wait to see him flourish with this added responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Jacobson is delighted to lead the side in the upcoming season.
“It’s not really a role I search for but one I’m bloody proud to fill. I’m looking forward to working with the team and doing everything we can to go that one step further this year.”
Chiefs will kick-start the upcoming 2024 Super Rugby Pacific campaign with a clash against Crusaders at FMG Stadium Waikato on 23rd February.